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    BGS v TGS – 1st XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - First XV

    Brisbane Grammar School (H) - 29 def. Toowoomba Grammar School (A) - 12

    With Brisbane Grammar’s pasting of State High last weekend fresh in mind, the convincing scoreline of 29-12 over a strong Toowoomba outfit seems to add a major feather to the cap of BGS’ title hopes. While their performance was certainly good, the scoreline did not reflect the match played. The first half was a dour affair. Through the boot of talented flyhalf Sam Greene, BGS helped everyone at the ground revise their three times tables, taking many a long shot at the posts to keep the scoreboard scorebored ticking over. Opportunities to do so were not rare commodities either – the half was punctuated frequently by the referee’s whistle for both indiscretions and errors. Neither team gained any momentum or showed much promise. Heart rates rose briefly in the fourteenth minute as Toowoomba were able to dive over the line for a simple try off a quick tap, though slumber was swiftly recalled soon thereafter. 12-5 at half time to BGS.While the first half was dour, the second opened at a cracking pace. BGS dotted down two tries within the opening three minutes, the first through good pick and drives and the second off an intercepted spilled ball, polished with a 70m run to the line. In reward for supporting the break, the BGS loosehead scooped up the final pass to get the try. 24-5. The game again settled into its earlier rhythm, with solid play by both sides interrupted by handling errors and offences at the breakdown. Toowoomba were able to again get over the line for a simple try, taking their tally to 12 points, and it wasn’t until a moment of individual skill from 10. Sam Greene in the closing minutes that BGS were able to score again. Having regathered a chip well above his head (and with the ball still on the rise), Greene booted the ball downfield and led all chasers to score a great individual try. This being the last scoring movement of the match, the score settled at 29-12. In the end, BGS scored three tries to Toowoomba’s two and but for the talented Greene, the sides would have been very difficult to separate. First, and interestingly, Greene in many instances defended at fullback in a Quade Cooper-esque manner. When tested, his defence was perfectly sound – it appears merely a ploy to maximise counterattacking potential and many times, Greene was able to attack with aplomb or return kicks with interest. It seems a good strategy by BGS. Second and finally, of course a team should not be disparaged, at least in most instances, from taking three points when they’re on offer. Accordingly, BGS were deserved winners in this contest. Nonetheless, while both teams showed a fair amount of grit they must both tighten up their play for future rounds to realise their undoubted potential.
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    BSHS v BBC – 16A (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - 16A

    Brisbane State High School (H) - 43 def. Brisbane Boys' College (A) - 0

    In an absolutely dominant display, Brisbane State High were able to wear down BBC's defences through physicality, strength and skill.

    State High were able to score tries through both their forwards and backs, exhibiting a great range of skills. It was a thoroughly deserved victory.

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    BSHS v BBC – 2nd XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - Second XV

    Brisbane Boys' College (A) - 17 def. Brisbane State High School (H) - 14

    In a hotly contested and thrilling match, BBC were able to come away with the points.

    Scores were locked at 7-7 at halftime after a close and physical half, and were again locked up nearing full time at 14-14. Just as it looked like a draw was on the cards, a long range penalty was awarded to BBC near the touchline. In howling winds, BBC's kicker calmly stepped up and slotted it through the uprights, earning his side a spectacular victory.

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    BSHS v BBC – 1st XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - First XV

    Brisbane Boys' College (A) - 46 def. Brisbane State High School (H) - 15

    In a dominant display, BBC were able to overpower State High 15-46. With strong, gusting winds coming from over their left shoulder, State High came out to play a territory-based game plan. The opening twenty minutes saw frequent kicks to the corner, hoping that any BBC errors or indiscretions may be capitalised upon. As it would turn out, the strategy seemed a plain recognition of State High’s almost non-existant offerings in attack. Conversely, and somewhat dictated by the weather, BBC played enterprising rugby from the outset, clearly coming out with an intent to play with urgency. They dominated the early clashes and in the sixth minute, scored a fantastic try down the right wing. 15. Josh Bowyer set off on a blistering run, linking up with 14. Noel McLean for the opening five pointer. 0-7. Two penalties later, the score read 6-7 in the 16th when BBC put together some great passes for 14. McLean to get his second try in the corner. 6-12. Thereafter, the sides traded penalties, settling at 15-18 at the break. In a déjà vu moment, the second half opened with Bowyer again feeding McLean a great ball for an early try. McLean had his hat-trick and BBC were on the board early in the second. 15-25. BBC were able to score three further tries in a dominant eight minute period of play midway through the half, including a team effort from deep in their own half, started and finished by Fakaosilea, and another by 11. Jack Morrison, who had only to fall over the line one phase after a classic dummy from lock Harrison Mann. 15-46 by the twenty-first minute.State High tightened up their defence somewhat for the final fifteen minutes, but the horse had bolted. Both forward packs continued to supply quality ball for their backs, though each raid was defended well, if desperately at times. Never boring, the play went end-to-end, but no further points were scored. Full time, 15-46 to BBC in a good display.
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    ACGS v NC – 15A (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - 15A

    Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) (H) - 12 def. Nudgee College (A) - 5

    After an easy opening try to Nudgee, Churchie were able to regroup and score a hard-earned and well-worked try in the corner. 5-5 at halftime in a tight match.

    The second half opened with much the same intensity, and only Churchie were able to get on the scoreboard through an excellent length-of-the-field try. The conversion being perfect, scores went to 12-5 where they remained until full time.

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    ACGS v NC – 16A (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - 16A

    Nudgee College (A) - 32 def. Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) (H) - 11

    Both sides displayed great skills in this match, with Nudgee getting the upper hand on the field and consequently on the scoreboard as well, scoring four tries to Churchie's one.

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    ACGS v NC – 2nd XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - Second XV

    Nudgee College (A) - 24 def. Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) (H) - 0

    In a deceptively competitive match, Nudgee College were able to run out victors.

    0-5 at half time, the sides had been well matched and each had, at times, been unable to convert pressure on the opposition into points scored. Nudgee were able to run in another three tries in the second half, as their execution and handling improved to capitalise on opportunities earned through hard work by their forwards.

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    ACGS v NC – 1st XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 2 - First XV

    Nudgee College (A) - 26 def. Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) (H) - 10

    In the heavyweight clash of the weekend Churchie, licking their wounds from a stinging defeat at the hands of Toowoomba Grammar, sought to unseat title hopefuls Nudgee College, themselves having been rusty in round one. For Churchie it was make-or-break, and for Nudgee, an early loss could be critical. 2,000+ loyalists ringed the field at kickoff. The start was far from ideal for Churchie, losing their starting 12. Nigel Tanuvasa in the third minute. Destabilising at the best of times, to lose your man who is marking the competition’s best player (Australia A Schoolboys captain and Nudgee College 12. Jack Tuttle), things couldn’t be much worse. In the eighth minute and off a poor Churchie lineout throw on the Nudgee 10m line, Tuttle pounced, seizing upon the narrowest of holes opened by Churchie’s replacement, number 22. Angus McClanachan. A great offload later and with a strong carry over the line by their fullback, Nudgee were on the scoreboard. 0-5. Seven minutes later and after repeated phases in the forwards and hammering the Churchie line, Nudgee spread the pill wide and made the most of a simple numbers overlap. 0-12. It was only a further six minutes before Nudgee again found space out wide, this time off a well-worked set move. Barely a quarter of the way through the match, Nudgee College led 0-19. Scores went unchanged for the final 15 minutes of the half and thus remained 0-19 at half time. The second half opened with much the same to-and-fro as the end of the first. Both sides competed well and recycled relatively quickly at the breakdown. In the seventh minute, Churchie failed to properly spread their defence after a clearing kick – the Nudgee counter attack was quick and effective down the left wing. 0-26. Minutes later, Churchie hit back after some patient build up work and were finally on the board with a cunning dive directly over the top of the ruck to score. 5-26. Just as it seemed the match would grind out with no change in score, Churchie made their first major foray into Nudgee’s 22 in at least, well, 22 odd minutes. With a very quick tap off a half-arm penalty, Churchie were able to get over the line in the shadows of full time. 10-26. Nudgee College played periods of excellent football and did enough for the win, thoroughly deserving their victory. Fouled by injuries to their 12, and later in the first half to their 15, Churchie lacked cohesiveness in places and were unable to build pressure over sustained periods, despite many brief flashes of skill. Title hopefuls Churchie will be left ruing missed opportunities, their title ambitions almost certainly gone after a mere two weekends’ play. Meanwhile, the Nudgee juggernaut continues on.